BSD News 09/12/13

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Releases: FreeBSD, PC-BSD
Other news:  BSDnow, DragonFly BSD, AsiaBSDCon, OpenBSD, [email protected], code


PC-BSD Next 10.0 Image Available 

Kris has announced the availability of the next 10.0 image:
The next PC-BSD 10-STABLE image is now available for download!
New Features:
  • Includes FreeBSD 10-STABLE / 10.0-BETA3 from 11/20/2013
  • Includes the Gnome3 / Mate / Cinnamon desktops, replacing Gnome2.
  • Updated installer options for text-mode, including ZFS options
  • Improved PBIs support
  • Updated our Linux compatibility layer to Centos 6
  • Numerous bug-fixes
10-STABLE notable features:
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • New UEFI loader on installation media
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate and Cinnamon
  • And much more!
FreeBSD 10.0-BETA4 now available 
FreeBSD 10.0-RC1 Available  
 Changes between -BETA4 and -RC1 include:

  • Fix to a regression in bsdinstall(8) that prevents ZFS on GELI installation from working correctly.
    • Please note: a last-minute problem was found in 10.0-RC1 testing with this installation option that is still being investigated.  Please do not select the GELI encryption option from the installer.  Although the installation successfully completes, the GELI passphrase will not decrypt the GELI provider.
  • Build Hyper-V kernel modules by default for i386.
  • Update oce(4) driver to support 40Gbps devices.
  • Improve robustness of the Xen balloon driver.
  • Fix accounting for hw.realmem on the i386 and amd64 platforms.
  • Fix poweroff(8) on XenServer.
  • Fix powerd/states on AMD cpus.
  • Add support for BCM57764, BCM57767, BCM57782, BCM57786 and BCM57787.
  • Fix PKG_ABI detection in bsdconfig(8) after pkg-1.2.
  • Fix emulated jail_v0 byte order.
  • Fix hang on reboot with active iSCSI connections.
  • Fix a potential system crash if a jail(8) is created and destroyed on systems with VIMAGE.

Other news

Moving forward by going slightly backwards and to the right, UEFI booting on #FreeBSD 

The FreeBSD Foundation has been working towards the future of booting in x86 and catching up to our friends in Linux-land by sponsoring work on a UEFI enabled boot loader.

BSDNow Episode 013: Bridging the Gap - OpenBSD Router Part 2 

In BSDNow "Episode 013: Bridging the Gap" they bring us their usual round of general BSD news and an interview with one of the FreeBSD developers and co-founders, Jordan Hubbard, along with improvements and continuations on their "OpenBSD Router" tutorial.
The BSDNow show is recorded live on Wednesdays at 2pm Eastern Standard Time and then the live recording is edited into the video and audio files released the following Friday afternoon. Due to time constraints and live recordings, it's always best to check their website show notes and tutorial pages for updated information. As TJ said, "It's a community-driven project," so if you want to help out, you can send questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to [email protected]
Available audio and video recordings:
SD Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Youtube | Torrent | iTunes MP3 | Roku

Zettabytes for Days | BSD Now 14   

This week is the long-awaited episode you've been asking for! We'll be giving you a crash course on becoming a ZFS wizard, as well as having a chat with George Wilson about the OpenZFS project's recent developments. We have answers to your feedback emails and there are some great news items to get caught up on too, so stay tuned to BSD Now - the place to B.. SD. 

DragonFly BSD: A bge(4) fix for some hardware  

If you have a bge(4) network card and it’s giving you problems every time you configure it, there’s a fix on the way. 

AsiaBSDCon 2013 FreeBSD videos  

Sato-san (bsdconferences) has created a playlist of 15 videos from AsiaBSDCon 2013

Interesting articles

Is Your Stack Protector Working? 
Faces of FreeBSD - Reid Linnemann 
Faces of FreeBSD - Brooks Davis 
Getting to know your [email protected] — Thomas Abthorpe
Getting to know your [email protected] — Baptiste Daroussin

Code stuff

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 12/6/13
In Other BSDs for 2013/12/07 

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